Questions for Lauren’s article on Color in Roman Sculpture

1. What are your initial thoughts on the significance of painted sculpture?
2. How would color affect how a viewer perceived Trajan’s Column, would it make it easier to pick out the whole story, instead of just the first few strips around eye-level?
3. On p. 436 there is a description from the Aeneid of how Aeneas appeared to Dido after Venus enhanced his looks. Do you think that painted sculpture was an attempt to recreate this sort of effect or just to add interest?
4. Bradley talks about the ‘skin’ of a statue that ultimately brings it to life and allows the stone to fully reproduce the figure it is imitating and mentions that “an ancient statue without color was like a mannequin without clothes.” All the characteristics he talks about seem to be drawn from literature; what is the significance of that? Does it make it less of a representation of a real person?
5. “A monochrome marble figure fractures the fundamental relationship between art and reality” p.440. What is this reality? Do we not have the same connection with surviving marble statues as the ancients did?
6. How has this article changed your perception of ancient marble sculpture?

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